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Grandstanding, outsourcing raised in Senate debate

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 21:04

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen accused Republican challenger Scott Brown of grandstanding and fear mongering while he accused her of "outsourcing" her independence as they met for their second debate two weeks before Election Day.

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Father of British Islamic State hostage dies - media

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 21:03
(Reuters) - Paul Cantlie, the father of British Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, has died of "complications following pneumonia", his family said, according to several media sources. Earlier this month, speaking from a hospital bed through a voice box, 81-year-old Paul Cantlie called on IS to allow his son to return home safely. The group has already beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker. John Cantlie, a photo journalist, was captured in northern Syria in November 2012. His father said the family had tried to contact his abductors but had received no response. ...
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Final Florida debate for gov. heated and personal

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:59

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each other over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty.

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Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:56

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal. “No girl, no child, anywhere, anywhere in this world should be deprived of education,” said Yousafzai, who is 17. The Liberty Medal honours people who “strive to secure the blessings of liberty," according to the website of the National Constitution Centre, which presents the award each year in Philadelphia. ...

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Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1. million U.S. cars- NHTSA

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement. ...
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Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:09
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's electorate is changing fast, state officials said Tuesday, underscoring a shift that Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.
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Sparks fly throughout last Maine governor debate

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:09

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor clashed Tuesday in their final debate, highlighting their differences on a wide range of issues, including health care and welfare.

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No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 20:05

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom - $385 (239 pounds) per thousand cubic metres - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries. ...

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Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:58

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Kuroda's policy of quantitative and qualitative easing (QQE) increases the money the bank supplies to the financial system by buying high-quality assets. It is aimed at lowering real interest rates, pushing up inflation and stimulating private demand to revive an economy that has stagnated for two decades. ...

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China premier says taking time for reforms to gain traction

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:46
BEIJING (Reuters) - It is still taking time for reform measures to gain traction, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying by the Foreign Ministry. While economic performance in first nine months of year was still within a "reasonable range", China's economy also faces downward pressure, the ministry quoted Li as telling APEC finance ministers, in a statement released late on Tuesday. ...
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Michelle Obama rallies voters in Iowa, Minnesota

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:20
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband's rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising midterm election.
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Senior U.S. Treasury official to visit Japan, meet BOJ governor

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:15
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets will visit Japan this week to discuss policies to boost global demand with senior government officials, including the Bank of Japan governor, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The top U.S. official for international affairs will meet with BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Tatsuo Yamazaki, Japan's vice finance minister for international affairs, on Friday, the Treasury Department announced in Washington on Tuesday. During the four-day visit from Wednesday, Sheets will hold discussions "about the U.S. ...
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Singer Kesha denied drug, sex claims against producer three years ago

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:06

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Kesha said in a deposition three years ago, unsealed on Tuesday, that music producer Dr. Luke never had sex with her nor gave her drugs in the latest salvo in the legal battle between the longtime music partners. An attorney for Dr. Luke, whose legal name is Lukasz Gottwald, successfully asked a New York state judge to unseal portions of the depositions which stem from a 2010 lawsuit brought by Kesha's former manager against the singer and producer. ...

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Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N.

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:04
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. "Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis may amount to attempted genocide," he told a small group of reporters at the United Nations after returning from a recent visit to Iraq. ...
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U.S. may expand training role of Iraq military advisers

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:03
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight Islamic State militants would be considered, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday. The issue was discussed in meetings that deputy White House national security adviser Antony Blinken and other U.S. officials had with top Iraqi officials last week on a trip to Baghdad and other parts of the country. The United States has about 1,400 military advisers and diplomatic security personnel in Iraq. ...
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Canada police talked to militant suspect, couldn't stop attack

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 19:02

By Allison Lampert SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU Quebec (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Tuesday they had arrested a suspected militant as he was leaving the country, took away his passport and talked to him several times but had no chance of preventing him from killing a soldier. Martin Rouleau, a 25-year-old who converted to Islam last year, rammed his car into two soldiers in the Quebec town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday and was shot dead by police. A 53-year-old adjutant died in the attack. ...

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Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 18:24

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback assailed Democratic challenger Paul Davis Tuesday as a liberal who would appoint Kansas Supreme Court justices overly sympathetic to violent criminals, and Davis accused the Republican incumbent of trying to exploit a high-profile Wichita murder case to boost his re-election chances.

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Singapore president to meet Cameron

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 18:15

Singapore's president Tony Tan Keng Yam will meet David Cameron as his four-day trip to the UK continues.

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Julie Elliott MP: Individual Voter Registration threatens democracy

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 18:15
Energy Shadow Minister, Julie Elliott, says the Individual Voter Registration is denying voter rights.
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Britain to tighten charities laws to tackle terrorism funding

Yahoo - DRC - 21 October, 2014 - 18:13

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans on Wednesday to tighten the law to help stop charities being used as a front to raise funds for terrorist groups. Several individuals convicted of terrorism offences in Britain had raised funds in public, purportedly for charitable purposes, the majority of which the charities never received, the government said. Three British Islamists jailed last year for planning mass suicide attacks had tried to fund their plot by posing as street collectors for the Muslim Aid charity organisation, raising 12,000 pounds. ...

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